As the various Committees begin to finalise their detailed scrutiny of the Draft Scottish Budget, we thought that we’d take the opportunity to reflect upon the process itself.
In the light of the Parliament’s new powers, a Budget Review Group has been established “to carry out a fundamental review of the Scottish Parliament’s budget process following the devolution of further powers in the Scotland Act 2012 and Scotland Act 2016”. The Group will report in the spring.
This blog offers some thoughts on possible reforms –
- A return to multi-year budgeting
- A change to the timing of the Scottish Budget so that it follows the new UK Autumn Budget but with increased time for parliamentary scrutiny earlier in the year
- A radical reworking of the structure and approach of the budget document itself
- A change of emphasis from reporting changes in portfolio spend to a focus more on outcomes
- More information presented on long-term commitments, constraints and liabilities
- A more transparent presentation of the new fiscal framework
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